UXO General Safety Video – Final, October 6, 2015
MONTAGE - ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE,
We hear the sounds of an old newsreel as old black and white
footage featuring Canadian soldiers in combat fades onto
screen. We see images of various conflicts involving Canadian
Forces; WWI, WWII, Korea.
Over the last 100 years, Canada's
military has had to fight in a
number of conflicts around the
world. To prepare, the military used
land across Canada for training
activities, including firing
The montage shifts to show various samples of Canadian
soldiers conducting training exercises.
These weapon ranges and training
facilities were vital to providing
Canada's Navy, Army and Air Force
with the skills they needed to
We see soldiers at shooting ranges, tanks and artillery
practicing, Navy and Air Force exercises where bombs are
being fired or dropped on target ranges.
Training at these sites often involved the
use of live ammunition, some of
which did not explode. These old bombs are
called UXO, which stands for
unexploded explosive ordnance. UXO
is still present at some of these former
and current training locations and it
continues to be a danger to people.
The montage comes to rest on a black and white image of an
old looking bomb partially buried on the ground. Suddenly,
the look of the image changes from black and white to colour.
What we are seeing no longer looks like old newsreel footage
but a modern image of an old bomb half buried on the ground.
MONTAGE - VARIOUS AREAS ACROSS CANADA
We are taken through a series of images of various remote and
unpopulated Canadian regions including, mountains, prairies
and coastal areas.
As Canada's population grows, some
of these historic military training areas
are now being used by the public,
making it possible for people
to come across UXO.
The montage continues, showing images of partially populated
regions, various areas under development, people in parks,
fishing boats fishing off the coast etc.
Mapping, location, and record
keeping techniques were often
very limited at the time this
military training took place — this information
was recorded and filed away in a period
before computers existed.
So sometimes it's difficult to
determine where UXO can
be found at sites across Canada.
We see UXO personnel looking through old maps, going over old
files, and at location sites interacting with local groups
The montage shifts to a progression of images that show EOD
teams conducting UXO recovery and inspection exercises in
various areas across Canada including coastal areas.
Even today's technology has its
limitations, making it IMPOSSIBLE to
say that there is ZERO risk. There have
been instances where people
have found and touched UXO
and were seriously injured.
MONTAGE - VARIOUS TYPES OF UXO
We see various images of different types of UXO.
Examples of UXO can include bombs,
rockets, grenades, artillery shells,
mortars and even sea mines. And some
UXO is not always easy to recognize.
When these items get old they can
look like ordinary pieces of junk,
rusty pipes, scrap metal, or
discarded motor parts. UXO can also
be tricky to spot as it is often
hidden by vegetation, covered by
dirt or mud, or lying under water.
As the montage progresses we see samples of UXO partially
buried on the ground or covered by foliage. Some of it is
deceptively hidden and at a quick glance it looks like
ordinary scrap metal or discarded motor parts.
Sometimes, people find UXO and keep
it as a souvenir. As a result, it
can be found in people's homes, at
garage sales or even antique shops.
These items might look old and
harmless but the reality is that
they CAN still be VERY dangerous.
We see images of UXO kept as souvenirs; adorning mantel
pieces or used as decoration around houses.
If you find something that looks
even remotely like UXO the safest
thing to do is not touch it.
There is a huge misconception that
old, partially broken or rusted UXO
doesn't work anymore and that it is safe to handle.
The montage comes to an image of an old, rusty looking bomb
GRAPHIC – BLUEPRINT
The image of the bomb morphs into a blueprint schematic of
the bomb's internal mechanism.
Although UXO can lie around for years,
decades even, it remains dangerous because of the
explosives it contains and the way
its mechanisms were designed.
Graphic arrows appear on the blueprint pointing to areas of
the bomb where the fuse mechanism and explosives are.
EXT. FOREST – DAY
A couple of cyclists stop to read a UXO warning sign before heading into a cycling trail in the middle of a forested area.
We follow as the couple races along on the trail in perfect
control of their bikes.
So what should you do if you find
something that looks like UXO?
Suddenly, the male cyclist notices something on the side of
the road. Curious, he brakes to a stop and gets off his bike.
On the ground, resting on the side off the road, is a
suspicious looking metallic object, partially hidden by leaves
The female cyclist catches up to her partner and dismounts
her bike wondering what is going on. The male cyclist points
to show her what he found.
At a closer look, the rusted piece of metal on the ground
looks like an old artillery shell.
No matter how harmless it may look,
do not touch it!
The couple backs away from the object looking carefully at
their surroundings to make sure there aren't any other
similar objects around them.
Remember the area where you found
it, and if you can, use something to
help responders identify the
The female cyclist pulls a small book from her backpack and
quickly sketches a rough map of the area they are in, marking
the spot where they found the object. She then pulls a rag
from her bag and ties it around a nearby branch to mark the
Turn around and leave the area the
same way you came in.
The couple take their bikes and begin to walk up the trail,
going back the same way they came in.
Warn others about what you found.
As the couple heads back on the trail they come across a
couple of hikers. They greet them and warn them about what
they found ahead on the trail.
EXT. PARKING LOT BESIDE CYCLING TRAIL – DAY
At the parking lot, the couple is getting ready to go home.
The male cyclist pulls his phone out of his pocket and makes
a call to 911 to report what they found.
Call 911 or your local emergency
number and report the UXO and where
you found it. Military personnel
will be contacted to safely remove
MONTAGE - UXO SOUVENIRS
Once again, we catch some brief samples of UXO kept as
Similarly, if you come across or
have UXO as a souvenir, contact your
local authorities to arrange for its
safe and proper removal.
MONTAGE - DND UXO PERSONNEL AT WORK
We see images of DND UXO personnel hard at work. Interacting
with local groups, engaged in educational sessions for both
kids and adults, placing UXO warning signs, and working with
experts at UXO inspection operations.
The Department of National Defence
is working to reduce UXO risks and
ensure these areas are safe for
As the montage continues, we see DND UXO department personnel
sifting through old maps, examining computer graphs and
records of old bombs, and searching through old files.
The Department also uses public
information sessions, a school
outreach program and signs to
raise awareness about UXO safety.
As the montage winds down we see images of EOD personnel
searching for UXO on both land and water, and conducting
The montage ends with a final aerial shot of a beautiful,
partially populated area of Canada.
Call to action screen containing, UXO branding logos and
Learn more about UXO safety at
FADE TO BLACK.